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Falcon 9, the finest rocket of American firm SpaceX, started carrying the satellite to orbit from the Cape Canaveral launching pad at 4:14pm United States local time. The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions.

The vehicle, aiming to bring astronauts to the International Space Station in the future, came with many design changes to improve its reusability and reliability.

"With the launch of Bangabandhu-1, we are hoisting our national flag into space".

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also joined the proud nation in witnessing the milestone event for Bangladesh's communication sector. "We entered into a new era".

Space X tweeted: "Successful deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed".

Bangabandhu-1, named after the nickname of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founding father of Bangladesh, was launched into its orbital slot on 119.1 degrees east longitude.

About a half hour after launch, live images showed the satellite drifting into the inky blackness of space, as cheers and screams erupted at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Capable of launching spacecraft to Mars - Musk's ultimate ambition is to colonize the red planet - the BFR will replace not only the Falcon 9, but the brawny Falcon Heavy.

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The launching has two phases. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase".

The satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space of Cannes, France. One transponder is equivalent to 36 MHz.

On the other hand, C-band will cover Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday, carrying a Bangladesh communications satellite toward orbit, then landed the rocket's first stage on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean for its 25th successful rocket recovery. Later, on March 29, the satellite was shifted to Florida. Bangabandhu Satellite1's mission is expected to last at least 15 years.

Bangabandhu-1 is our first own satellite, which is now on its way to orbit.

It will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country.

The satellite will contain 40 transponders; Bangladesh will use 20 and rent out the rest.

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